Operational Policy and Projects

The Operational Policy and Projects team is part of the Operational, Policy and Assurance department.

The Operational Policy and Projects team consists of a number of sub-sections responsible for:

  • Operational Policy, Procedure and Risk Assessment

  • Internal Planning

  • Site Specific Risk Information (SSRI) Training

  • External Planning

  • Research & Development

  • Operational Risk Planning & Business Continuity

  • Emergency Services Mobile Communication Programme

  • Ops Learning

  • Service Medical Director

  • North West Fire Control

Operational Policy, Procedure & Risk Assessment includes the production, maintenance and publication of the Service standard operational procedures (SOPs), Service Instructions (SI’s) and Equality Impact Assessments (EIA’s) which incorporate operational risk assessments based on generic incident types.

Internal Planning includes the management and maintenance of the Service hydrant Inspection schedule and management of the Hydrant Technicians. The Internal Planning Manager holds responsibility for the production and review of the Service Site Specific Risk Inspection policy.  Management of the National Operational Guidance Program (NOG) and ongoing review of Operational Policies and procedures.

The Site Specific Risk Information (SSRI) Training provides vital and ongoing training to develop the skills and ability of all operational staff in risk and hazard identification, plan drawing and the formulation of SSRI plans to ensure the safe and effective resolution of operational incidents. The Site Specific Risk Information Officer gathers and records Site Specific Risk Information in relation to sites/premises that fall within On-Call station areas and ensures the information is readily available in the correct format for operational crews should an incident occur.

External Planning includes working with partners through various arms of the Cheshire Resilience Forum to ensure that the Service fulfil its statutory duties as a Cat 1 Responder in accordance with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 primarily in the areas of emergency planning, training, risk assessment and interoperability.

Research & Development (R&D) are responsible for the ongoing review of operational equipment to ensure that our Firefighters are provided with the best possible tools and PPE with which to do their job. The R&D team manage the team of Equipment Technicians.  The R&D team maintain the ten-year equipment replacement plan to identify ‘peaks and troughs’ in planned expenditure and manage budgets accordingly.
The Operational Risk Planning team are the custodians of the Service Business Continuity (BC) arrangements and the owners of the operational BC plan.

Organisational operational learning is also collated and reviewed feeding back through the National Operational Learning hub if relevant.

The Emergency Services Mobile Communication Programme (ESMCP) is a Home Office project currently ongoing which will replace the Airwave communications network in the North West of England by 2025. As part of blue light collaboration, the project for Cheshire Fire & Rescue is being supported by Cheshire Constabulary working alongside the Operational Support role within OPA.

The Service Medical Director provides the organisation with the medical governance requirements so operational staff can provide trauma care to members of the community during emergency incidents. The Medical Director also provides the department with expert medical advice during the development of training courses and liaises with medical experts in the NHS to implement new medical ideas, equipment and initiatives into the Service effectively. 

The team also provide input and support to the ongoing development and integration of the North West Fire Control (NWFC) and represent CFRS on NWFC the Operations Group. View more information about North West Fire Control 

Multi Agency Partnership Working

Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 the Cheshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF) has been set up. With boundaries akin to the Cheshire Police Force the LRF includes representatives from all the emergency services, the local authorities, health organisations, Environment Agency and other bodies that may have to contribute during an incident.

Through the LRF, emergency plans are formulated and tested for foreseeable events such as risks posed by flooding, terrorism, transport and industrial accidents.

These plans cover the emergency and recovery phase of an incident.

In addition to the above, the LRF tests the plans required by our largest industrial risks. These take the form of major exercises with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service taking a central role in practicing procedures to deal with and mitigate the effects of an incident.

Cheshire Resilience Forum